The 2012 Japan Open Men Singles reached its conclusion today with the South Korean Oh Sang Eun, sixth seed, against the host, Jun Mizutani, the second seed in the competition.
The South Korean veteran was in good condition in the competition this week. Among their Olympic Team, it was Oh Sang Eun who had the longest exposure. However at the start of the match today, it was Jun Mizutani who prevailed in the first two sets, scoring two close 11-9's.
Both players were immensely involved in the match and the third set eventually led to a tight game. Mizutani and Oh Sang Eun leveled in several set points before the South Korean broke the winning streak in 13-11. After surviving the previous game, Oh Sang Eun carried out the control and convincingly leveled in 2-2 with an impressive 11-4.
After the tie, Jun Mizutani released himself in the match and became more aggressive. Meanwhile, Oh Sang Eun was not left in the dark as he was also earning his points. Eventually, Oh Sang Eun got set point ahead in 10-8. This did not destroy the stability of the host and leveled in 10-10, then in 11-11, giving credits to his deceiving serves.
South Korea called for a timeout. After the game resumed, Jun Mizuntani overtook to 12-11. However, Oh Sang Eun realeased a beautiful shot making it hard for Mizutani to take. They tied in 12-12. Once again, Mizutani had his advantage and this time a short rally earned him a 3-2 lead with 14-12.
At this point, Oh Sang Eun was in a dangerous position as his opponent was one set away to victory. In addition, Jun Mizutani also had the momentum in the sixth set. Eventually, Oh Sang Eun did not have any chance to recover as everything worked for the host. Jun Mizutani sealed the final victory with 11-5.
After six sets, Jun Mizutani made the crowd go wild as he successfully stood victorious at the end of the Men Singles against Oh Sang Eun and was crowned as the champion.
Jun Mizutani vs Oh Sang Eun
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